Subaru BRZ Luggage Test Drive | What is the size of the trunk?

According to specifications, the second-generation Subaru BRZ trunk has 6.26 cubic feet of space. In fact, that’s only partially true. I got this number from the Toyota GR86 specs because I couldn’t find the BRZ number on the Subaru website. So I was lazy and just went with the Toyota number. If it’s different in any way, then I’ll own it.

Either way, 6.26 certainly isn’t a big boot, but it’s better than the only logical competitor to the rear-drive Toyabaru twins (as opposed to the electric Toyabaru twins), the Mazda MX-5 Miata . It would measure 4.48 cubic feet, which is actually worse than Miatas of the past and smaller than my personal roadster, a ’98 Z3. It is tiny. And oddly shaped. And you certainly can’t put a body there.

Luckily, this test is for luggage. And the Subaru BRZ, so let’s go.

Here is the trunk. Despite its small bulk, there aren’t a whole lot of weird angles or quirks to make it effectively smaller. Unlike the Miata.

It is however quite short in height. It’s my smallest wheelie bag and I stuck it in there, which I wouldn’t and couldn’t do if there was actually anything in the bag. You can also see that the angle of the opening prevented me from later putting that same bag behind another.

Oh yes, the bags. As with every luggage test, I use two medium-sized rolling suitcases that should be checked in at the airport (26 inches long, 16 wide, 11 deep), two rolling suitcases that barely fit in the overhead (24L x 15W x 10D), and a smaller roll-aboard that fits easily (23L x 15W x 10D). I’m also including my wife’s fancy travel bag just to spruce things up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).

Considering the Miata could ONLY fit the biggest blue bag, and even barely, the BRZ has already totally smoked the Miata. And while that amount of bags is certainly one of the worst results in luggage test history, it still looks pretty good for a 6.24 cubic foot trunk.

And because there was quite a bit of space on top, I managed to fill the remaining space with my folded Osprey child carrier hiking backpack. Because riding a toddler on a trail is totally something you’d do in a BRZ.

You can put so much stuff in the BRZ’s trunk anyway. However, I decided to go a bit deeper here because, hey, I was bored last Friday. Also because the rear seat of the BRZ is barely useful for human transport, I thought I’d see how they do as luggage transport.

It is a 100/0 folding rear seat. You have to pull the straps on both sides to lower it (or press the two buttons on top of the seat from inside).

At first I loaded it like this, with the two largest bags pushed forward on the belly from the trunk, before moving to the driver’s door to tilt them to the side.

Then I noticed a problem.

This would happen if you brake suddenly. Well Schmidt.

There, it’s better. And yes, you could definitely stack something else up there on the smaller bag. Although you may experience the same problem while braking.

Lo and behold, the entire standard luggage test collection fits in the BRZ (top left) plus the child carrier hiking backpack (because now your little hiking buddy is sitting in the front seat? ).

This is obviously a ridiculous use case. Two people and six pieces of luggage. Or an adult and a toddler. Yes, that’s nonsense, but it goes to show that just because the BRZ/GR86 is small doesn’t mean it’s not devoid of features. It’s definitely better than the Miata.

What about other sports cars? Well, that should give you an idea of ​​the Civic Si, Hyundai Elantra N, and Ford Mustang. They would all be better than that. The same goes for the Supra, which is still one of my favorite luggage test Tetris tasks to date.

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